St. Theodore Tyron and St. Theodore Stratilates

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 16 century to the end of the 16 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 122 / 84,5


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The style is reminiscent of well-known 16th century fresco ensembles (the church in Kourilo) and early 17th century fresco ensembles (the monastery in Alino). The icon has much in common with the John the Baptist in the History Museum in Kurdjali and the Old Testament Trinity by icon painter Nedyalko from Lovech, 1598, in the National History Museum exposition. Therefore the icon may be dated to late 16th or early 17th century when icons acquired plastic decoration that was to become dominating. The frame is segmented, red and golden; the latter is an extension of the background, which is greenish-brown down.


The two warrior saints are depicted in full length and full face. Their halos are plastically modelled with rainbows and imitation of multicolor precious stones. A miniature-like Christ is depicted in the centre above their heads; it is a waist-length full-face depiction, with a circular halo; he wears an orange chiton and a golden beige himation.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood